The time to say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult time indeed. You are not alone and that you are fortunate to be able to choose this path; human medicine knows no compassion in this area.
Euthanasia is simply an overdose of an anesthetic agent, pentobarbitol. It is no more painful than any other intravenous injection and it acts very quickly, usually within 60 seconds. Most pets simply nod off to sleep, that is why it is commonly referred to as putting your dog to sleep. For pets that are very nervous or upset we give a tranquilizer before we administer the pentobarbitol. We do this procedure in our office and we encourage anyone in your family who wants to attend to be present; we don't recommend young children attend. You will be talked to by one of our doctors about the upcoming procedure....we want to make this as comfortable for you as possible.
People often ask, "How do you cope with this part of your job" and the answer is that we like to help suffering pets and their families. Most pets at this stage of their lives are not enjoying day-to-day living and their quality of life is severely diminished. Yes, it is 'time'.